Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wisdom the Albatross

Wisdom was first banded by researchers in 1956 when she was thought to be 5 years old. This year, she returned to the Midway Atoll National Refuge in the northwest Hawaiian Islands, and was seen with a new chick. She is at least 60 years old, and this is likely her 35th chick. "To know that she can still successfully raise young at age 60-plus is beyond words", says Bruce Peterjohn, head of the bird banding program. He added, "She is now the oldest wild bird documented in the 90 year history of the program".

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